Striving to do her ‘fair share,’ or more
TOMAHAWK Maddie Garrison’s high school transcript wouldn’t make a very good Scrabble rack. It’s all A’s.

But unlike the repetitive nature of her stellar grades, the 18-year-old Tomahawk High School senior’s interests and activities couldn’t be more varied.

Whether it’s going to state in high school volleyball, being on the yearbook staff, serving a youth apprenticeship at a local bank, or completing a summer internship at the Victoria’s Secret headquarters, the co-valedictorian is involved in a wide variety of activities. That’s not to mention non-school hobbies such as snowmobiling, hunting, waterskiing and reading.
Maddie Garrison

Age: 18
Residence: Tomahawk
School: Tomahawk High School
Parents: Ron and Susan Garrison
College Plans: Attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and possibly pursue a career in the business field.
Hobbies: Snowmobiling, hunting, waterskiing and reading

Maddie says she hasn’t yet determined what she wants to do for a career — likely something in the business field — but says having a wide range of experiences will help her decide.

“I certainly hope it will help me, given all these things.” she said. “Hopefully, in the future it will help me find a position I enjoy.”

While her long-range plans haven’t been nailed down, Maddie has selected a college: the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“I like the small town, so it’s going to be a big change going to a big city,” she said.

One thing that should help with the transition from Hatchet to Badger is having a family member on campus. Maddie’s sister, Emily, is a sophomore at UW-Madison.

“I think just having someone I know there will be nice if I do need something, or if I want to go have a meal that isn’t cafeteria food, or something like that,” Maddie said.

Maddie said her internship at the Victoria’s Secret headquarters in Columbus, Ohio, last summer came about because of a family friend connection.

She called the job-shadowing experience “amazing” and said it allowed her to see various aspects of the business, including marketing, financing and planning.

Locally, the senior is learning more about the banking industry through a youth apprenticeship program coordinated by the Future Business Leaders of America and Tomahawk Community Bank.

“You get to be a teller, reception,” Maddie said. “I really like it there.”

Tomahawk High School Principal Scott Swenty said it’s not surprising the star student is involved in so many things.

“Involvement is a requirement for Maddie, which also includes a drive to be a leader,” Swenty said. “Her resume is filled with leadership roles at the high school and community levels.”

Some of the groups Maddie is active in include the FBLA, National Honor Society, Varsity Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Tomahawk High School Friends program, which allows her to be a “big sister” to an elementary student.

Maddie said what motivates her is working hard and striving to do her best.

“I’ve always believed in hard work,” she said. “And when I work with others I think it’s always best to do as much as you can, because you don’t want to hold other people back. You want to do your fair share and it helps to put your best foot forward.”

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